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News

  • The Land and Water Boards would like to thank everyone who participated in the MVRMA Workshop in January. Please see the following link to access the presentations given at the workshop. A summary report will be available in March, 2016. 

  • The Public Hearing for the application to amend Part H, Item 31 of Diavik's Water Licence W2015L2-0001 will be on February 12, 2016 from 8:30 am - 5:00pm at the Tree of Peace in Yellowknife.

    Please see the WLWB Online Registry under Water Licence File Number W2015L2-0001 or call 867-765-4592 for more details.

  • The Land and Water Boards have received the NWT Supreme Court’s injunction decision, halting the implementation of a restructured land and water Board in the Mackenzie Valley. The LWB’s will continue to operate in accordance with the existing legislation. Staff remain in place in all existing Board locations, and clients will see no interruption to proceedings as a result of the ruling.

Publications

  • To kick off the new year, the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB), the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (GNWT-MACA), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (GNWT-ENR) are releasing four Operation and Maintenance Plan Templates for Municipal Water Licences. These fillable-pdf documents were collaboratively designed to be user-friendly and are intended to reduce the workload of municipalities to satisfy their municipal licence requirements. The templates include:

    Solid Waste Facility (SWF)

    Wastewater (Sewage) Treatment System (WWTS)

    Water Treatment Plant (WTP)

    Spill Contingency Plan

    The templates are now available for submission in the ‘Policies and Guidelines’ page under the ‘Resources’ tab of all Land and Water Board websites.

    *Please note that these templates are not meant to replace any already existing Operation and Maintenance Plans that municipalities have completed. 

  • The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley are pleased to announce that our Engagement Guidelines for Applicants and Holders of Water Licences and Land Use Permits have been updated to improve clarity for applicants and other parties with respect to requirements for pre-application engagement. Please view the document here which can also be found under the ‘Resources’ tab along with the Boards’ other policies and guidelines.

  • The Board is pleased to release the backgrounder on how Tailings Dams are regulated and monitored in the Mackenzie Valley.  For more information please contact Patty Ewaschuk, Technical Advisor via email: pewaschuk@wlwb.ca

  • In December 2011, the Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board (WLWB) and the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB) hosted “An Introduction to Risk Assessment”, which was a 2-day information session on human health and ecological risk assessment. The purpose of the information session was two-fold: to ensure that all parties participating in Board decisions involving risk assessments in the mining industry have a good understanding of the topic, and to promote an open discussion about risk assessment. During the information session, participants heard about how and when to perform a risk assessment,  community involvement in risk assessment, and some case studies of risk assessment in action. The Summary Report provides a description of the key discussion points raised during the two days of the information session.

     

    Click Here for the Summary Report

  • In response to the Federal Government’s Action Plan on the Northern Regulatory System, the Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley have prepared a position paper on this important issue.

  • These guidelines were prepared by WLWB staff and our technical consultants from Ecometrix Inc. and Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd.  

    Final Draft – Response Framework for Aquatic Effects Monitoring